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Six Republicans qualify in 10th Congressional District

Six Republicans qualify in 10th Congressional District

Six people, all Republicans, have qualified to run for the 10th Congressional District seat. That distirct includes Baldwin, Hancock, Washington and Johnson counties, and Paul Broun is vacating that seat to run for U.S. Senate.

The candidates in the 10th so far are:

Donna Sheldon, Monroe, business owner;

Garry Gerrard, Athens, attorney;

Senator Burt Jones' update from the Capitol

Senator Burt Jones' update from the Capitol

We have officially passed the halfway mark of the 2014 Legislative Session.  We have only 14 legislative days left, and are well on our way to Crossover Day – the last day a bill can pass to the opposite chamber. Any bill that does not receive a passing vote in its original chamber cannot move on in the legislative process. The calendar has been finalized and Sine Die, meaning the last legislative day, will be Thursday, March 20th.  With Crossover Day set for March 3, the General Assembly remains busy preparing the Fiscal Year 2015 General Budget and passing legislation.

Governor Deal proposes $42B budget, more education funding

Governor Deal proposes $42B budget, more education funding

A $42.3 billion budget plan from Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal would increase spending on education as the economy slowly recovers from a deep recession.

Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia

Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia
ATLANTA (AP) - After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1. The laws are among a small number of major bills that become law with the new year. Others include rules requiring all new day care employees to undergo more exhaustive background checks, as well as a requirement that schools provide information about concussion risks to parents. While the ethics laws set the first state limits on how much a lobbyist can spend, there remain considerable loopholes and questions about how it will all be enforced. Under the new laws, lobbyists will not be able to spend more than $75 at a time. Previously, lobbyists could spend as much as they wanted as long as it was noted on disclosure reports filed with the state. (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Central Georgia Election Roundup

Central Georgians take to the polls Tuesday in more than 60 races in which mayors and city council members will be elected and Sunday alcohol sales questions will be answered in some areas.

Some voters in the Tuesday elections will also decide special purpose local option sales tax questions.

The following is a list of Central Georgia cities and counties hosting elections.

-Warner Robins

City of Milledgeville Precinct Cards are in the Mail

City of Milledgeville Precinct Cards are in the Mail

The Baldwin County Board of Registrars is happy to announce precinct cards were mailed on September 30, 2013 to City of Milledgeville Voter’s.  The precinct cards indicate city council and voting poll changes due to redistricting.

City Voter’s are encouraged to verify their voting status on the Secretary of State My Voter Page (MVP) located at sos.ga.gov/elections.  Voters may also visit the voter registration office Suite 102 of the Baldwin County Courthouse.

The last day to register to vote, change name or address, or update information on the city voter list is October 7, 2013.  Information and forms regarding registering to vote or change of address are located on the Secretary of State web site sos.ga.gov/elections. Forms are also available in the Board of Registrar’s office at the courthouse.

Rep. Paul Broun on Watchdog Group's 'Corrupt' List

A perusal of a Washington, D.C. watchdog group's website puts one member of the Georgia Congressional delegation in a negative light.

The group known as C.R.E.W., or Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, listed Rep. Paul Broun (R-Athens) on its annual list for the second consectutive time.

The online article puts Broun on the "most corrupt members of Congress" list.

The C.R.E.W. report says Broun's listing stems from his "failure to disclose the true source and terms of his campaign loans."

According to the report,  when Broun originally ran for his congressional seat in 2007, he reported making personal loans without interest to his campaign. In 2010, his campaign reported making more than $30,000 in interest payments to Broun, the report said.